Pitt, Vols legendary coach Majors dies at 85
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -John Majors, who coached Pittsburgh to a soccer nationwide championship in 1976, starred as a participant at Tennessee within the 1950s after which later returned to his alma mater as coach to steer the Vols again to nationwide prominence, died Wednesday morning. He was 85.John Majors, who returned to Tennessee to educate after a profession within the NFL, has died at age 85. Getty ImagesThe Majors household launched a press release to announce the loss of life of Majors, whose identify will endlessly be intertwined with the College of Tennessee and all the state.”It is with a tragic coronary heart that we make this announcement,” stated Mary Lynn Majors, his spouse of 61 years. “John handed away this morning. He spent his final hours doing one thing he dearly beloved: looking over his cherished Tennessee River.”Majors, who was inducted into the School Soccer Corridor of Fame as a participant in 1987, was the runner-up to Paul Hornung for the Heisman Trophy in 1956. Gen. Robert Neyland as soon as referred to Majors because the “best single-wing tailback in Tennessee historical past.”As a head coach, Majors rebuilt three packages at Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee. He led the Vols to a few SEC championships, together with their first in 16 years in 1985. Majors returned to Tennessee in 1977 the yr after main Pitt to a nationwide championship and guided the Tennessee program by the tip of the 1992 common season when he was compelled out as head coach.Majors compiled a 185-137-10 file as a head coach and was named nationwide coach of the yr thrice throughout his profession. Majors’ teaching tree contains 33 assistant coaches who later turned head coaches in both the school or skilled ranks.